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D.L. Crockett-Smith: Cowboy Amok

David Lionel Smith, who writes poetry as D.L. Crockett-Smith, is John W. Chandler Professor of English at Williams College, where he has also served as Dean of Faculty and as Chair of African-American Studies.  He has also taught at The … Continue reading

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Conrad Kent Rivers: Of Mourning Songs and Revolutions

Conrad Kent Rivers’ success with poetry began in high school where his “Poor Peon” won the Savannah, Georgia, State Poetry Prize in 1951.  He went on to publish poems in such magazines as the Antioch Review, the Kenyon Review, Negro … Continue reading

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John Jones Crusades Against “Black Laws”

Born in Greene County, North Carolina, around 1816, John Jones moved to Chicago in 1845 and established a tailor shop which had many wealthy, white Chicago customers.  By the 1870’s it made him perhaps the wealthiest black in the Midwest.  … Continue reading

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